When the last of the 2012 political collectibles shows came to an end in November with shows in Arizona and outside Philadelphia, we knew the doldrums of winter couldn’t be far behind. Although here in Florida it’s always tough to tell by the weather when the seasons change.
But with January rolling around, and a new year, we know that the return of some big-time political shows are right around the corner.
Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming shows.
The honor of the first show of the year belongs to the American Political Items Collectors (APIC) New England Chapter. This winter show will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at VFW Post 1012, 114 Mystic Ave., Medford, Mass. (Exit 31 off Interstate 93). Admission for the public is $2. Tables for dealers are $25 for the first and $20 for each additional. Dealers can set up at 8 a.m. For information, contact Bob Colt at firstname.lastname@example.org (781) 729-6066 or Barry Mushlin at email@example.com.
In February, the millions in the New York City area can attend a show right in the city. The APIC Big Apple Chapter will hold its annual Super Bowl Sunday Show on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 E. Sixth St., New York City. Those who have attended in the past should note that this is a new location this year – larger than the previous site. There is on-street parking in the area, and it’s near to subway stations. Admission to the show is $3. Dealer tables are $40 each. For information, contact Tony Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 730-9490. Even if you live a few hours away, you can still attend this great show and get home in time for the Super Bowl kickoff.
Later that month, on Saturday, Feb. 23, political collectors can move south for a little respite from the snow and ice with the South Florida Political Collectibles Show, celebrating its 22nd year. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Elks Club, 6188 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach (Exit 69 from Interstate 95, go west about 6 miles). There is a special rate for those needing a place to say at the show hotel, The Best Western Palm Beach Lakes in West Palm Beach. Admission to the show is $3. Dealer tables are $50 each. For show information, contact Tom Peeling at TRbuttons@aol.com, or (561) 585-1351. The show touts the fact that the average daily temperate in February in West Palm Beach is 78 degrees.
And finally, the APIC Dixie Chapter Spring Show is holding its 27th annual show at the Airport Holiday Inn, 6426 Burnt Popular Road, Greensboro, N.C. (just off Interstate 40) on Saturday, March 2. Show hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and admission to the public is $3. Tables are $50 for the first and $30 for each additional. Table purchase includes one boxed lunch. Contact Charlie Hertlein at email@example.com or (336) 852-1133.
More shows will be coming up later this spring, and I’ll keep you updated on those next month. Attending a political collectibles show is a great way to add to your collection at prices that are generally much better than at auction or other sources. Even if you don’t collect, attending one of these shows makes for a great walk down history lane.